| The greatest
challenge is in mounting the papercuts because they are so fragile
and lightweight. After a lot of experimentation, I've found
that the best way is to mount them on paper with an adhesive
spray. Place the papercut face down on a sheet of waxed paper.
Spray lightly from about a foot away, attempting to get an even
layer over the entire pattern. Then peel it off gently and place
it on the card stock, taking care not to let wrinkles form.
there is too much adhesive, the papercut will stick to the waxed
paper and be difficult to remove. It's necessary to rinse the
spray nozzle frequently under hot water to keep the spray fine.
Papercuts make beautiful
greeting cards. It's possible to make a simple, elegant card
by just gluing a single papercut to a folded piece of white
card stock, but there are endless possibilities for creative
variations. For example:
1. Experiment with different colors of card stock. Neutral colors
and pastels work best without distracting from the papercut
2. Apply solid colored papercuts to contrasting
paper, trim around that with scissors and then apply it to
3. Add dimension and interest to the card by
dry embossing the card first with a simple stencil such as
flower, creating a background for a butterfly or other papercut.
4. Experiment with different textures of card
5. Add simple lines and dots or other designs
to the edges or corners of the card to "frame" the
papercut. Satin ribbon along the edges of the card can also
add a nice finish to the card.
6. Add another coordinating element to the card
design (such as "yarn" to a cat papercut) to add
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1. Laminate small papercuts. Check at your
local print shop to see
if they do laminating.
2. Cut a smooth edge around the papercut.
3. Punch a hole with a paper punch.
4. Attach a ribbon or tassel.